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Mr. Ian Battersby – Weekly Update 30th October

30 October 2015

Dates for Your Diary

4/11 – EYFS and Year 1 Phonics Coffee Morning

18-20/11 – International Celebration

25/11 - Thank You Coffee Morning

28/11 - EYFS Family Morning

3/12 - MP2 Production - Cinderella and Rockerfella

On the Tu Xuong BIS Hub this week:

Fairground Fun in Year 6

Year 1 trip to the park

TX Young Musician of the Year 2015-2016

Poppy Appeal 2015

Parents' Corner

Welcome back!

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! It was great to see everyone's smiling faces on Monday morning returning to TX full of energy and ready for the challenges that lie ahead.  For some classes it was time to begin a new topic, for others it was an opportunity to build on what had happened in the first half of term. To see what the children in Year 6 and Year 1 have been up to, click on the links below:

Fairground Fun in Year 6

Year 1 trip to the park

Thursday evening was a night to remember as five children from TX and twelve from AP1 took part in ‘The Young Musician of the Year 2015-2016’.  I am always astounded at the standard of musicianship that I see from our children, and I must congratulate all the finalists as they sounded amazing. Particular congratulations to Andrew Vu who achieved third place for the second year running.

Young Musician of the Year 2015



Parents Coffee Morning

Thank you to all the parents who joined me for our parents’ coffee morning on Wednesday this week.  The coffee morning was in two parts focusing on different elements of making our community stronger. 

International Week

In three weeks (November 18th-20th), we will be having our International Celebration. Mr James will be coordinating this event and talked us through the different activities that will be taking place.  It would be great to see as many parents as possible join in and celebrate the nations which make up our community at TX.  If you were not able to attend the coffee morning, please consider if you could contribute to one or more of the following:

1)      International displays – information, photos and posters about your home country.

2)      International crafts – art and craft activities that the children can do in about 10 minutes.

3)      International games – in the Sports Hall we have a range of games and activities that are popular in your home country.

4)      International buffet – to give the children a taste of the food from around the world.

If you are able to help out in any of these areas, please contact Mr James (jameshornby@bisvietnam.com) or Ms Thanh in the office.

Class reps

This year we have introduced class reps to TX. As this is a new role, please allow me to answer some frequently asked questions:

What is the role of a class rep?

The Class Rep’s role will include a variety of activities such as,

  • Organising volunteers for class events

  • Creating a Whatsapp group for parents to communicate within and provide reminders to check blog posts via link only

  • Supporting new families joining the school

  • Organising coffee mornings for parents

  • Helping to promote school events

  • Supporting the Parent Group (PG)

 Does my class have a class rep?

All classes have a class rep except F3T, 3X, 5T and 5X.  If you have a child in any of these classes and would be willing to take on the role of class rep, please let Ms Mary know.  For the other class reps, the parents are:

F1           Nguyễn Thị Diệu Hằng (Đức Phú)

F2           Nguyễn Thị Thu Hằng (Tony Hoàng)

F3X         Võ Thị Xuân Thu (Hannah)

Y1X         Eva Ni Kadek (Isaiah)

Y2T         Võ Thị Xuân Thu (Jolie)

Y2X         Tôn Nữ Bích Thủy (Ingrid)

Y3T         Akiko Gotoda (Toshi)

Y4T         Minori   (Risa)

Y4X         Wendy Bùi & Alexander Phung  (William)

Y6T         Sụji (Andrew) & Thơm (Khoa)

Y6X         Florence (Calvin)

Thank you to those parents who have volunteered.  Your efforts will be appreciated

How will the class rep contact me?

We do not pass out parents’ contact information without consent, so on Monday, your child will be bringing home a ‘Contact Details Request Form’.  Please add your details and return the form to your child’s class teacher by Friday. Please note, the contact details will only be used to contact each other regard parent group and school activities, and not passed on to others.

 International Coffee Morning

Parents' Corner

Thank you to Anne Salapete and the rest of the Parents Group who have put all the time and effort into organising the 'Halloween Party'.  Enjoy yourselves tomorrow and I hope you manage to find those goodies!

Parents' Corner

Anne Frank Exhibition

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who had to go into hiding during the Second World War.  Her story was not uncommon; it was the fate of many Jews. What makes Anne famous is the fact that she kept a diary for several years recounting her feelings and experiences, providing an insight into the life of some suffering unjust persecution.  Some of our Year 6 children have been working on a joint project with others from AP1, AP2, BVIS and the Israeli embassy.  The culmination of this project is an exhibition that will be taking place in the Auditorium at AP2, from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th November between 4.00pm and 7.00pm each evening.  I do hope you will take the opportunity to go along and visit the exhibition to learn more about Anne’s story and her legacy.

To fully experience the work created by our students, you will need to do the following:

1. Download the (free) kaywa QR reader app to your smartphone or tablet:


2. Bring your earphones / headset

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Anne Frank

Anne Frank[/caption]

Poppy Appeal

The First World War officially ended at 11.00am on 11th November 1918. This date and time has become the time in the UK when we remember those who have died or been wounded in various conflicts around the world.  Because poppies grew in the fields where the fighting had been taking place, this flower has become the symbol of remembrance.  Next week, the house captains will be begin selling poppies every day up to Remembrance Day (11th November).  Each poppy does not have a fixed price, we simply ask for donations.  To find out more please have a look at the post:

 Poppy Appeal 2015


CHQ Sign-up for Term 2 Clubs

On Monday 7th December the CHQ database will open once again for online sign up in Term 2.  Now is the time to get prepared with your login details.  You will need your username and password to log in and sign up for the clubs.  Please visit Ms Emma in the office before Monday 7th December if you are unsure of your login details and Ms Emma will be able to help you.  More details of the clubs on offer is coming soon!

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CHQ login

CHQ login[/caption]

I do hope you all have a fabulous weekend. 

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus